Events

eColloquium on Terracotta Environmentalism: Bridging Market and Green Approaches

Event Date: 21 Feb 2021; Time: 09:30 AM to 06:30 PM IST
Venue: Online


The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is pleased to announce an eColloquium on Terracotta Environmentalism: Bridging Market and Green Approaches on 21st February 2021 scheduled to take place on Sunday, 31st January 2021.

At a time when environmentalists around the world are working towards solutions of immediate concern, it is important to reflect on the feasibility and resilience of these solutions that rely almost entirely on state capacity or central planning to fix the environment.

The eColloquium on Terracotta Environmentalism seeks to explore the role of private players, local communities and legal incentives in protecting the natural environment and wildlife. The eColloquium will provide a platform to read, reflect, and reason out a community-centric approach to environmental issues that focuses on people as the centre for action on the environment.


What is an eColloquium?

A CCS eColloquium is an online in-depth discussion centred on a chosen theme. The colloquium provides participants with an opportunity to disentangle themselves from the distractions of everyday life to reflect on issues of fundamental and enduring importance. Through this program, we create an environment where participants are encouraged to contribute to the discussions by sharing their understanding of the Readings. The eColloquium is also an endeavour to develop innovative ideas and approaches for the advancement of liberalism today.

Unlike a conventional conference, where one lectures and the audience listens, participants at the eColloquium explore a specific theme together by discussing a common Reader (curated collection of readings), that they read before the program. Their shared inquiry is guided by a moderator who encourages thinking, asks probing questions, keeps things moving, but does not indulge in one-way monologues, lectures and does not advocate her/his own personal biases and interpretation of the texts. The purpose of the discussions is not to convey doctrine or to drive home certain preconceived conclusions but to challenge participants to examine, refine, and develop their own ideas by engaging with others.

The discussions at the eColloquium follow a certain code of conduct. Participants are encouraged to listen attentively to the thoughts, concerns and questions of others to deepen their understanding of the issue and of each other.


How does it Work?

CCS will select 20 participants from a pool of applicants based on the merit of their application. All students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts as well as CCS' alumni are encouraged to apply.

The eColloquium reader will be shared with the participants two weeks prior to the date of the eColloquium. The reader is a set of articles, chapters from books, op-eds and blogs which are compiled together by CCS to articulate a flow in the reading. Participants are required to read and reflect on these texts carefully before the colloquium as it serves as the foundation for the discussions on the day of the program. Participants are responsible for the content of the discussions, thus the quality of the program depends entirely on their thorough preparation.


Details:

Date: 21st February 2021
Time: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm IST (Lunch break and other breaks between sessions)
Applications Deadline: 28 January 2021
Fee: Rs. 750/- (10% Discount to all CCS’ Alumni. The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online)


Eligibility

Students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts and think-tank leaders are welcome to apply for the eColloquium. The applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and you are encouraged to apply as early as possible!


We provide a certificate of participation for those who successfully attend and contribute to the discussions in all the sessions during the eColloquium.


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epolicy for Young Leaders | Webinar based introductory course in public policy

Event Date: 06 Feb To 07 Feb 2021; Time: 10 AM to 6 PM, both days
Venue: Online

  • What is the ideal role of government in society?
  • What is a public good?
  • How come markets work in certain circumstances, but not in others?
  • Why are some laws difficult to implement?
  • How can India become a developed country?

To get some answers to these and more questions, come attend epolicy for Young Leaders.

epolicy for Young Leaders is a two-day online certificate course introducing students and young professionals to a liberal approach to public policy. Our aim is to provide you with a first look at public policy, with expert interaction, and an opportunity to network with the Centre for Civil Society’s alumni base of over 8,000 students and young professionals.

Come and learn with us over two days. epolicy has six live webinar sessions by eminent public policy experts. Around the session days, you get to see cool videos and network with fellow participants and policy experts.

We only accept 35 participants in each course!

Upcoming courses

Dates: 6 & 7 February 2021
Time: 10 AM to 6 PM, both days
Applications Close: 29 January 2021
Fee: Rs. 1500 ( 10% early bird discount available)

The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online.

For any queries, email aastha@ccs.in.

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Austrian Economics Seminar | An advanced epolicy certificate course

Event Date: 06 Feb To 27 Feb 2021; Time: 9:30am to 6:30pm on 4 consecutive Saturdays
Venue: Online

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Rooted in the tradition of Austrian-born economists Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, and F.A. Hayek, “Austrian” economics is not a specific field within economics, nor is it a set of conclusions. It is an entirely different approach to understanding the social reality that dissents from the mainstream method, theory, and policy.

Austrian economics aims to understand society using realistic premises, instead of making unrealistic assumptions such as “perfect knowledge,” “perfect competition,” or “perfect governments.” It focuses on understanding dynamic social processes of coordination, learning, and discovery ubiquitous in a world of constant change, rather than stressing on static models. And most essentially, Austrian economics views human beings as unique, conscious, choosing agents, not as undifferentiated data to be aggregated or manipulated mathematically or politically.

The AES will illustrate the fundamental theoretical insights of the Austrian school of economics in an introductory way and show the usefulness of these insights in terms of their relevance to creating either the prosperity and freedom, or poverty and oppression in India


Event Details:

AES is a 3 week advanced epolicy certificate course on the fundamentals of Austrian school of economics. The live classes will be conducted between 9:30am and 6:30pm on Saturdays only i.e. on 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th February 2021. Only 30 participants will be selected based on the answers in the application form(link below). The course will be entirely conducted online on Zoom and an e-certificate will be provided to the successful* candidates.

Applications Open: 12th January 2021
Application Deadline: 30thJanuary 2021
Program Date: 6th,13th 20, th and 27th February 2021
Time: 9:30am to 6:30pm on 4 consecutive Saturdays
Course fee: 2,999/- (the course fee is payable upon selection; registration is free of cost)
10% early bird scholarship available if you apply between 12-18 January 2021

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For any queries, please feel free to reach us at sidhartha@ccs.in.

Fake News Conference 2 | A Conference on Disinformation and Fact Checking

Event Date: 29 Nov 2020; Time: 12:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Venue: Online

Fake News Conference

About the Program

The Fake New Conference (FNC) aims to bring together 30 students and young professionals with policy and domain experts, and leading liberal thought-leaders to dialogue on the state of the media, the limits of disinformation, misinformation and fake news, and an in-depth practical workshop on fact checking.

The conference is conceptualised as an online, in-depth discussion, dialogue, and workshop on fake news and fact-checking. It provides participants with an opportunity to disentangle themselves from the distractions of everyday life to reflect on issues of fundamental and enduring importance. Participants will be expected to share their advanced understandings of the relationship between disinformation, public policy and regulatory frameworks, and personal freedoms and human rights to develop innovative ideas and approaches for bringing specific policy solutions to advance liberal perspectives in media regulation today.

Apply now to register for the 1-day workshop Conference on Fake News, organized by Centre for Civil Society in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF). The course will be entirely conducted online on Zoom and an e-certificate will be issued after all the conditions are fulfilled.

Application Details:

Applications Open:  21st October 2020
Application Deadline: 25th November 2020
Program Date: 29th November 2020
Time: 12:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Course fee: Rs 500/- (the fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online)

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For any queries, please contact krish@ccs.in.

About the Sessions and Speakers

Session 1: Introduction to Fake News
Speaker: HR Venkatesh, Director, Training and Research, BOOM Factcheck

About the session: This 1.5-hour session will provide an exhaustive introduction to the concept of Fake News, contemporary debates surrounding it, why is it important to discern Fake News, and a glossary of terminology using interactive slides and activities. The objective of this session is to equip participants with a toolkit to granularly deconstruct fake news and comprehend its implications on society and public policy.

Session timing: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


Session 2: Workshop on Fact-checking

Speaker: Nivedita Niranjankumar, Deputy News Editor (South), BOOMLive

About the session: The impact of disinformation and fake news on media institutions is a general loss of credibility of and trust in them. Journalists need to earn that trust back and need to continually work towards building trust in media. How can they do that? Fact-checking, which is becoming more and more prominent, can help in this effort. What tools and techniques do fact-checkers use to determine the legitimacy of a news story? This 2-hour session will provide a practical lesson – through screen-sharing – on what the tricks of the trade are. Once completed, participants will be equipped to fact check news stories for themselves!

Conference Schedule

 

 

Time

Session Name

Description

                                                November 30 2020

12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

An Introduction to Fake News

An introduction to the concept of Fake News, contemporary debates surrounding it, why is it important to discern Fake News, and a glossary of terminology.

01:30 pm - 02:15 pm

Lunch break

02:15 pm - 04:15 pm

Workshop on Fact Checking

The impact of disinformation and fake news on media institutions is a general loss of credibility of and trust in them. Journalists need to earn that trust back and need to continually work towards building trust in media. How can they do that? Data Journalism, which is becoming more and more prominent, can both help and hinder in this effort. How can journalists use the Right to Information laws in India? And in what way can secret sources/whistleblowers be protected from retaliation?

04:15 pm - 04:30 pm

Closing and Way Forward

 

For any queries, please contact krish@ccs.in.

MOOC On Liberalism

Event Date: 15 Oct To 10 Nov 2020; Time: will be shared later
Venue: Online